A walk on the wild side

Trip Start Jan 13, 2010
Trip End Dec 20, 2010

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Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Since our last blog we have being slowly but surely ticking off our list of things to do in Buenos Aires and we think we have well and truely done the best that the city has to offer minus a chosen few that we are looking forward to doing this weekend.

We had a fun filled day visiting the zoo on Saturday afternoon after a lovely chilled out morning.  The zoo is only a 10 minute walk away and was recommended to us by Keith (one of our classmates) so we thought why not.  It was only 15 pesos each (roughly about 3) to get in which is incredibly cheap considering it is near on 15 to get into London Zoo.  We had a nice time wandering around looking at all of the animals but it has to be said it was slightly depressing as many of the animals looked pretty miserable and many of them were just sleeping as it is so hot so this was a bit sad, poor souls.  The highlight of our visit and our favourite had to be the little lema's who were incredibly entertaining playing tag with each other.

On Sunday we had a tour of the Tiger Delta which is about 30 mins drive out of the city.  We booked it through our spanish school and were very excited about going on a proper wee tour.  Now since we have been here it has been on average in the mid 30's temperature wise and lovely and sunny. On Sunday however we woke up to rain (typical), luckly by the time we left the hostel at 8.30am to be collected it had stopped raining (this was a good thing as when it rains here it is proper torrential downpour, soaked in 10 seconds kinda rain). 

Once we had went around and collected half of the world the tour began.  We headed out of town to the Tiger Delta past the Rio De La Plata.  Factoid of the Day: The Rio De La Plata is the widest river in the whole wide world.  The Tiger Delta is a bunch of little islands and water ways created by the sediment that travels down the Rio De La Plata from the Igazu Falls hundreds of miles away.  The delta is full of little houses built on the banks of the little islands and all of the residents use boats to get around instead of cars.  On our tour we went on a wee boat through the delta which was nice.  Especially the nice cold beer an empanadas at 11:10am in the morning (thankfully this was past my 11am drinking rule so welcomed with open arms).  We then got on a train to take us to a wee village sized town to look at a cathedral and a market before heading home.  To be honest the best bit of the tour was the boat trip but unfortunately this only lasted 45 mins out of a 5 hour excursion so I don't think we would recommend anyone else to do the tour however we got to see another part of the city so not all bad.

Other highlights since our last blog has been being able to download the first four new episodes of 24 (oh yes! Jack is back - lovin it!!!! Many thanks to the guys in work for the iTunes voucher which has paid for the series - this will be a life saver on our future long bus journeys) and discovering a little chinese restuarant which is practically two doors from our hostel.  Its fab and has an amazing lunch offer for 3.50, we have been there twice this week already its that good and a nice change from steak and pizza.  

Level 2 spanish is going well this week and we have a nice weekend planned as its my big birthday on Saturday so looking forward to that and we are planning a trip to Igazu Falls and Uraguay next week which is exciting.  We are also planning our next stop - "Mendosa" the wine region of Argentina so lots of future updates coming soon!  Chau for now!
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